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Garden Party

Are you stumped on choosing a color palette for your wedding? With the plenitude of fantastic wedding blogs out there, it is hard to narrow down your favorite combination of colors and style. For some, their vision is crystal clear from the moment he places the engagement ring on their finger. For others, it may take months of flipping threw magazines and scrolling through pages of Style Me Pretty or Green Wedding Shoes before settling on a palette and style that represents them best. If you are the latter, no need to fret….my advice to you is don’t choose! Pick out linens, flowers, bridesmaid dresses, vintage bird baskets, vases and flower pots in a rainbow of colors. Who cares if there is no color palette? If you incorporate colors and elements that represent you and make you happy, it will all tie together in the end. Trust me! If you need a theme as a starting point, think shabby chic backyard garden party, and don’t get too caught up in the details.

A garden party themed wedding tends to lend itself to an early afternoon celebration…think of “tea time”, which in Britain is typically 3pm. Mixed and matched tea cups and saucers, tiered platters of scones and finger sandwiches in the center of every table, featured cocktails of Kir Royale and Mimosas, playful platters of macaroons in every color of the rainbow, and a sweet table filled to the brim with Chef Heidi’s Petit Fours. Dig into your mother’s, aunt’s, or grandmother’s china cabinet, and find an assortment of china, linens and tea pots. Perhaps there is a great grandmother’s punch bowl you would like to have on the bar? Use these special pieces as a starting point, and together with your vendors you will create something beautiful.

Centerpieces and bouquets are always a great way to tie in the rainbow of colors you have chosen for your invitations, programs, escort cards and tablescapes. A bouquet of freshly picked wild flowers tied with burlap is always gorgeous. If you plan accordingly, and are having the reception at a private residence, plant your flowers for your bouquet the year before. Instead of rose petals or candles lining the aisles, fill old wine barrels with your favorite flowers. Have your bridesmaid in different color dresses, and have them carry small delicate bouquets of greenery. For your centerpieces, fill wood planters with an assortment of flowers. Another fun idea for your centerpieces is to have a cluster of  glass bottles with single buds mixed with tea pots filled with flowers. Hang your escort cards using clothes pins on rope that is hung between two trees. And to keep with the homemade and classic feel of the afternoon, send your guests home with jars of homemade jam with a personalized recipe card attached.

Enjoy these fun and airy photos on this beautiful spring like day!

“Earth Laughs in Flower”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy Planning!


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